Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Last night at sundown

My darling man came home last evening and said, "How are you feeling? Want to take a bottle of vino up to the path and have wine in the garden?" And that's what we did. As dusk was falling, we walked up to the butterfly garden on the upper path of our grounds, and sat on my favorite bench.

My husband carried the bottle of red in a green canvas wine case that he enjoys using. It came with stem glasses and cloth napkins and space for a corkscrew, and is a very neat way to transport the party. We just sat, and sipped, and talked companionably, and watched the night slip through the trees and the solar lights along the path flicker on.

Occasionally our neighbors passed by, coming home from work, heading out to the supermarket, walking their dogs, or getting their nightly exercise. We chatted with a father and his little boy, who was trying to catch fireflies. We nodded and smiled and made up stories about people's errands, and I was reminded how lucky it is to have a comrade on this journey, a lover with whom you can watch the night fall over a butterfly garden on an ordinary weekday evening.

At one point, I checked inside myself and realized the internal agitation that has stalked me recently was for the moment tamed. I felt peaceful. It wasn't the wine. It was the open sky, the trees, the flowers swaying in the breeze of butterfly wings, most of all, it was the man.

28 comments:

  1. Always a great feeling to get lost in the beauty of the world and having a loved one experience that too. Great thoughts!

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    1. Blogoratti, it's so important to remember that this simple balm is accessible to us always. i lose sight of it sometimes. xo

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  2. And oh, when that feeling is there for certain and sure, it is the best thing in the whole world. What a beautiful moment in time. Thank you.

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    1. Mary, you are so right. We are lucky wimmen. xo

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  3. To sit companionably with the man you love in that lush green garden - yes, so peaceful and I'm glad it filled you.
    All of it, just beautiful.

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    1. liv, it was so simple and lovely. xo

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    1. yolie, keep saying that. because, you know, it's true. I've got this. we've got this. i love you.

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  5. Beautiful! It really helps to stop and connect with nature, even in an urban environment. (Maybe ESPECIALLY in an urban environment.) And yes, with our loved ones, too. :)

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    1. Steve, i think you're right, especially in an urban environment. These apartments can sometimes feel like boxes. It's important to stand in the grass. xo

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  6. How lovely! You should do that more often!

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    1. e, we should! although my son told me we were breaking the open container law. i told him security walked right past us and smiled. he said, nevertheless, and smiled.

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  7. Oh how very Romantic and I'm so glad it eased the internal agitation... I think we all feel it to some degree given the state of the Nation...

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    1. Bohemian, i agree with you. we are all a bit discombobulated right. I supposed that makes finding these moments of refuge more important than ever.

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  8. Gardens. They do that to you all the time. How nice!

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    1. Sabine, you have a beautiful garden.

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  9. Bliss. Thank you for sharing :o)

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  10. *sigh* how welcomed this post is!

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    1. Linda Sue, it was a welcomed moment in real life, too. xo

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  11. Oh, god. It really is about each moment. Living each moment, no matter. Thank you for noting yours. I am happy that you were happy in that moment. I'm grateful that you noted it and reminded us all to do so as well.

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    1. Elizabeth, life is in the moments, as you say, and i'm belatedly figuring out that we have to live into the happy ones with all we're worth, to sustain us when the inevitable clamor and the sorrow of this modern human condition break through. Sometimes, i need to live in the microcosm, and pretend away the macrocosm. This is not always possible, however. I'm grateful for your presence here. Love.

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